Clean energy is not essential for the development of any country, but also to reduce the environmental hazards. Electricity production is the number one source of greenhouse gases, more than all of our driving and flying combined, and clean energy also reduces harmful smog, toxic buildups in our air and water, and the impacts caused by coal mining and gas extraction. But replacing fossil-fuel infrastructure will take time—and strong, consistent support from both state and federal mandates to build renewable energy generation and demand for clean energy from consumers and businesses.

Reduction is important

Energy efficiency is a key step to reducing our impact on climate change and creating a sustainable energy future. Every time you flip on a light switch, use your computer, take a hot shower, or turn on your heater, you’re using energy. By using less energy without sacrificing comfort, you can save money while helping the planet.

Small changes can add up to big savings. Here are 5 actions you can take today to start saving energy:

  1. Use energy efficient lighting, like compact florescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs in your home and workplace
  2. Turn down your water heater to the warm setting
  3. Unplug your cell phone and laptop chargers when you’re not using them
  4. Use the energy-savings settings on the appliances you have and buy Energy Star–labeled appliances when you replace them.
  5. Replace the filters in your furnace and air conditioner

Also see our special report on affordable and clean energy: